Things to do in the Hunter Valley that don't involve wine

Thought there was nothing to do in the Hunter Valley but drink wine? Not so! There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, which is what makes it one of our favourite Australian holiday destinations. Make a deal with the family – for every one of these activities you do, you get to visit a winery. Sounds fair to us!
  1. Nothing is more wholesome (or delicious!) than picking your very own blueberries straight from the bush. December – January is the best time to enjoy these delicious treats, made even more scrumptious because you picked them yourself!
    Blueberry Picking, Misty Valley Farm
  2. Walk off a few of those calories in some of the most beautiful walking trails in Australia. Stroll through the Barrington Tops National Park with an easy walk, or take an overnight hike if you’re feeling particularly energetic. You can also enjoy a picnic (pack the wine and cheese!) by the Barrington Tops Falls.
    Barrington Tops National Park - Image via Instagram - @thewild_and_thetide
  3. Hire a bike from Grape Mobile and cruise the Hunter Valley in style! Located in Pokolbin, you’re just a short ride away from excellent wineries and restaurants. If you’re all wined and dined out, the scenery is still pretty spectacular!
    Grape Mobile bicycle hire, Hunter Valley - Image via Instagram @racheljanebourne
  4. Take a cooking class at the Millfield Hall Cooking School. We recommend the wood fired pizza class.
    Millfield Hall Cooking School
  5. Visit the Where Pigs Fly sanctuary, a home for farmed animals on 100 acres in the lower Hunter Valley. They hold regular open days and sanctuary tours featuring cruelty free food and guest speakers.
    Where Pigs Fly - Animal Sanctuary
  6. Keeping with the animal theme, head to the Hunter Valley Zoo to make friends with marmosets, meerkats and more! You can hand feed some of the animals, pat a koala and take along a picnic if you’re keen to make a day of it.
    Hunter Valley Zoo - Image via Instagram @thedelilahdiaries
  7. Consider yourself a chocolate aficionado? Head to The Hunter Valley Chocolate Shop, see the fondue fountaion and stock up on delicious treats that will remind you of your trip long after you get home. Well, maybe not that long…
    Hunter Valley Chocolate Co - Image via Instagram @hvchocolate
  8. Tee up at The Vintage and enjoy a round on this award winning course. If golf’s not your thing, send hubby off for a round and meet him at the bar, or after a massage at the Chateau Elan.
    The Vintage, Golf Resort and Spa
  9. Giddy Up! Learn to horse ride or take a carriage tour at Hunter Valley Horses. Enjoy the ride or take advantage of the pit stops at local wineries.
    Horse Riding in the Hunter Valley - Image via Instagram @ankith88
  10. Do a spot of shopping at the Hunter Valley Handmade markets. Check out their website for dates and meet the makers behind some beautiful pieces.
If you do want to squeeze in a spot of wining and dining, check out our blog post on the best wineries in the region.
Book your family holiday to the Hunter Valley today, and don’t forget we’re always here to help with tips and advice!

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